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Health exchanges to be run by 18 states
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Governors in 18 of the 50 U.S. states agreed to build health-insurance exchanges, a final tally that leaves the federal government with the duty of running marketplaces for the majority of the nation through 2014. More

States lean on feds for health insurance exchanges
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The federal government will run more health insurance exchanges as they come online in 2013 than states. Virginia and Florida recently rejected running their own exchanges, just hours before the midnight deadline for states to officially declare whether or not they would set up their own insurance exchange or get some amount of help from the federal government. More

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New codes boost primary care payments in 2013
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While many subspecialists are bracing for steep payment cuts due to coding changes set to take effect next year, primary care physicians could earn more money, thanks to the creation of new transitional care management codes. Starting Jan. 1, physicians can get paid for the management of complex patients who have recently been discharged from a hospital or skilled nursing facility. Medicare will pay between $164 and $231, depending on the complexity of the patient, for care during the 30-day period after discharge. More

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FDA: Chantix may carry heart attack, stroke risk
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Smokers who take Chantix to stop smoking may be at higher risk for heart attacks and strokes compared to those who don't take the drug, the FDA says. But the increased risk is small and should be weighed against the risks of continuing to smoke. More

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FDA gives Lexicon IBS drug fast track status
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Lexicon Pharmaceuticals said its irritable bowel syndrome treatment will be reviewed under the Food and Drug Administration's fast-track program. The FDA's fast-track program is designed to speed up the approval of drugs that treat serious or life-threatening diseases for which there are few other therapies. More

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Death of transplant patient reveals that 4 in 10 lungs come from smoker donors
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A young cystic fibrosis suffer who was given a double lung transplant has died from cancer, after being told her donor was a smoker. Doctors are supposed to inform patients in advance of the operation if there is an increased risk because of the donor's personal history, such as would come from smoking. More

Unhealthy snacks tied to colon cancer for those at high risk
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Eating unhealthy snack foods may increase the risk of colorectal cancer in people with a genetic susceptibility to certain types of cancer, according to a new study. The study included 486 people with Lynch syndrome, an inherited condition caused by mutations in genes that help repair DNA within cells. More

 Prevention & Wellness
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CDC: Chlamydia, gonorrhea cases increasing
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Reports of infections from sexually transmitted diseases are increasing among certain groups, according to government data. "STDs continue to threaten the health and well-being of millions of Americans," says Hillard Weinstock, one of the authors of the 2011 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More

 Genomics and Biotech
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Scientists discover gene linked to breast and ovarian cancer
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A team of researchers led by the Institute of Cancer Research, London, have found that rare mutations in a gene called PPM1D are linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. The mutations are not inherited, and the discovery potentially reveals a new mechanism of cancer development. More

Cancer study overturns current thinking about gene activation
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A new Australian study shows that large regions of the genome — amounting to roughly 2 percent — are epigenetically activated in prostate cancer. Regions activated contain many prostate cancer-specific genes, including PSA and PCA3, the most common prostate cancer markers. Until now, these genes were not known to be regulated epigenetically. More

 Behavioral Health
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Stress, depression linked to raised stroke risk in seniors
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Stressed out? A new study suggests that learning to deal effectively with life's challenges may help you reduce your risk of stroke, especially as you age. Researchers found that people over 65 with the highest levels of psychosocial distress — including depression, a negative outlook and dissatisfaction with life — had triple the risk of death from stroke as compared with those who had lower levels of stress. More

Secondhand smoke affects most apartment residents
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Nearly 29 million Americans who say they don't smoke in their apartments may still be exposed to secondhand smoke that wafts in from elsewhere in the building, federal researchers report. More

Health law could help low-income mothers with depression
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Maternal depression can make it more difficult for women to produce breast milk, keep up with doctors' appointments and interact with their babies. But some healthcare researchers are hoping the Affordable Care Act will improve treatment for a condition that affects 11 percent of infants' mothers on average, but which is more prevalent among low-income mothers. More

"Irritable bowel syndrome leads to abdominal pain and cramping. About 1 in 6 people in the United States exhibit some IBS symptoms, according to the National Library of Medicine."

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